Documents Tagged ‘Carver Center’

A Quiet Storm

Archive Entry Date: 05/08/2007

At her funeral service in the Carver Community Center, Whittaker's gift for nurturing talent was fondly recalled

Matt Clark Recalls Richard’s Early Love for Performance

Archive Entry Date: 12/18/2005

A portrait of the young Richard, courtesy of his childhood friend Matt Clark

Whittaker’s Expressive Arts

Archive Entry Date: 11/27/2002

“The artist part of me has always chosen a storytelling style,” explained Whittaker

City’s Woes Reflect Budget Conflict

Archive Entry Date: 2/17/1984

A portrait of Peoria's economic struggles during Reagan's first term

If You Shoot For The Moon…

Archive Entry Date: 03/08/1981

An in-depth profile of the remarkable woman who first mentored Richard Pryor as an artist

Richard Pryor Returns To Peoria Stage

Archive Entry Date: 03/09/1969

A benefit for the local Afro-American Black Peoples Federation brought Richard Pryor back to the Carver Center stage

200 Students Walk Out in Protest March

Archive Entry Date: 11/09/1967

Teens in the NAACP staged a walk-out to protest inadequate conditions at their school

I, Too, Sing America

Archive Entry Date: 02/1966

A glimpse of a musical number from Whittaker's Civil Rights inspired pageant, “I, Too, Sing America”

Negro Heroes In Peoria

Archive Entry Date: 11/17/1964

The Peoria Journal Star saluted those black Peorians who had entered the middle class

National TV Debut For Peoria Entertainer

Archive Entry Date: 08/31/1964

Juliette Whittaker encouraged Pryor to “move into every and any stage he could find.”

Carver Variety Show Satire Provides ‘Touch’

Archive Entry Date: 12/06/1963

From the imagination of Juliette Whittaker, a Dixiecrat senator's tour of Hell

The Enchanted Cage

Archive Entry Date: 11/27/1962

Carver Center teens, including later Black Panther Mark Clark, rehearsed a scene from “The Enchanted Cage”

Billy Smiles

Archive Entry Date: 1961

A story of Juliette Whittaker's mentorship — and one of her paintings — grounded this Carver Center fundraising appeal

Churches, Businessmen, Aid Negro Cause Here

Archive Entry Date: 11/17/1960

Local churches and businessmen organized the first Trade Fair for black high school and college students

Carver Center Reports 2,558 Enrolled

Archive Entry Date: 09/29/59

A quarter of Peoria's black population were enrolled in Carver Center activities in 1959

Swinging Into Action

Archive Entry Date: 11/08/1957

Presenting the Silicons - a doowop group featured in a Carver Center talent show that Pryor may have emceed

Carter Center Given ‘Once Over’ By Student

Archive Entry Date: 10/20/1957

Reportage on the Carver Center, from the point of view of a suburban high schooler

270 Sign Up For Carter Program

Archive Entry Date: 09/20/1957

The 1957 Center curriculum ranged from baton-twirling and canasta to scenery building and choir

She Lends Many Talents to Corn Stock

Archive Entry Date: 06/11/1957

A closer look at the Carver Center's resident playwright, director, stage manager, and set designer

Carver Center Steps Toward Expansion

Archive Entry Date: 08/21/56

Pryor's time onstage at Carver was the era of its greatest expansion

Children’s Theater of Carver Center

Archive Entry Date: 3/15/55

A review of “Rumpelstiltskin,” Richard's first stage appearance.

Red Feather Agency Builds Useful Life

Archive Entry Date: 10/15/1952

The Carver Center was thriving in 1952 — and would-be juvenile delinquent “Bob” was proof

‘Hopalong Hamlet’ Will Ride At Carver

Archive Entry Date: 1950s

Shakespeare's classic re-imagined by Whittaker in an original Carver Center Youth Theater production

Blues in Cuba

Archive Entry Date: 04/27/1950

Juliette Whittaker's first original work for the Carver Center -- a lively musical set in the Cuba of 1950

Pursuit of Freedom

Archive Entry Date: 11/1949

The mural, a mix of uplift and militancy, that faced Richard onstage at the Carver Center

Carver Center Is Dedicated

Archive Entry Date: 12/11/1944

For its founders, the Carver Center promised to inaugurate “the postwar of tomorrow”

Center Fund Drive Opens

Archive Entry Date: 12/02/43

The Center Fund Drive launched with hopes of raising $15,000 in a week.

Push Plan for Negro Center

Archive Entry Date: 11/13/1942

As Peoria's black population surged in the 1940s, plans for a new community center were laid